Hot on the heels of proposed legislation in New York that would ban encrypted smartphones that the manufacturer cannot decrypt, California is proposing a similar law. If this law passes, it will mean that Apple wont be able to sell the iPhone in its own backyard. Ironic, no? The news comes to us via ZDNet.
California, despite its deep roots in technology, recently had a bill introduced into legislation that requires any smartphone built on orafter January 1, 2017, and sold in California, to be capable of beingdecrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating systemprovider. Any smartphone that couldnt be decrypted when requested would subject the seller to a $2,500 fine.
Apple has long held that it cannot bypass a users iPhone or iPad passcode, insisting it has no back doors to gain access to a users iOS device. If Californias bill becomes law, it would mean an almost complete ban on nearly every iPhone sold, along with many Android devices, throughout the state.
I get that state and federal government entities want to protect us from terrorists and other criminals. However, doing so at the expense of personal privacy on the part of innocent citizens should not, and cannot, be allowed, in this writers opinion. It doesnt really matter that I dont have anything to hide; its the principal of a government becoming too powerful that bothers me. I hope that Californias latest legislation, Assembly Bill 1681, dies a quick and painless death.